Robert Downey Jr's son arrested on drug charge

  • Reuters
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2014 19:46 IST

Actor Robert Downey Jr's son has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession in West Hollywood, California, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy said.

Indio Falconer Downey, the 20-year-old son of the Iron Man actor, was arrested on Sunday afternoon with what authorities believe was cocaine and a pipe used to smoke it, Sergeant Dave Valentine said.

Indio has been released on bail. A family representative said in a statement that Downey was "grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention."

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"Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it," said a representative of the star. "Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being."

Robert Downey Jr himself had some troubled years with drugs in 1990s. But he underwent rigorous treatment and has been clean since 2001.

Indio is the son of Robert and his first wife, Deborah Falconer. They divorced in 2004.

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